PICNIC AT SUNSET

Ashley Norwood Cooper

March 4 – April 24th, 2021

With this exhibit Norwood Cooper looks at the edge of the wood as a liminal space of freedom and danger – as life itself has shown to be in this past year – all through this heroic and sometimes humorous lens of the ordinary. 

bright oil on linen painting featuring human figures at a picnic with food

PICNIC AT SUNSET

76 X 72″ oil on canvas

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I WILL DIE IN THE TALL GRASS WITH MY HEADPHONES ON

76 X 60″ oil on canvas

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“I Will Die In The Tall Grass With My Headphones On” is a painting about my own death. In this painting there are lots of insects. My dog is trying to defend my body from the vulture, but the cat just walks away from a lost cause. My Buddhist teacher told me to contemplate impermanence and this painting is my contemplation.”

– Ashley Norwood Cooper

SUMMER OF THE BLACK SWALLOWTAILS

30 X 36″ oil on panel
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FLAMING MARSHMALLOWS

18 X 24″ oil on panel
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VESPER

18 X 24″ oil on panel
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Biography    CV    Statement

Ashley Norwood Cooper’s large-scale imaginative oil paintings engender dialogue surrounding the history of male dominance in the art world while shedding light on the schizophrenic role of the artist-mother-wife-teacher. 

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photo credit: Grace Roselli, Pandora’s BoxX Project
photo credit: Grace Roselli, Pandora’s BoxX Project

WHITE CAT

16 X 20″ oil on panel
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FIREFLIES II

16 X 20″ oil on panel
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CRYING MAN WITH CRONE AND BLACK SWALLOWTAILS

16 X 16″ oil on panel
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“Crying Man With Crone And Black Swallowtails and The Crying Men Are Comforted In the Arms of the Divine Feminine (and also a Beagle) connect to the theme of The Girl’s Room Painting and the many stages of a woman’s life. Crones and Witches live at the edge of the woods. They are healing figures, but also dangerous because they have hard won knowledge and power.”

– Ashley Norwood Cooper

BLACK SQUIRREL

12 X 16″ oil on panel
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FIREWORKS

12 X 12″ oil on panel
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